Meet the Board
Roddy Gow OBE – Chairman & Founder
Roddy is the Founder and Chairman of the Asia Scotland Institute. He is also the Founding Partner of Canongate Partners, an international executive search consulting firm specialising in solving challenges for clients seeking to enter Asia and the Emerging Markets. He was previously Chief Executive of Asia House in London, where he drove its mission to educate and inform the people of the UK about a region extending from the Gulf in the West to Japan in the East.
During a career spanning service as a British Army officer, several years as a banker in the UK and US, and more than 30 years working at the highest levels of global executive search, Roddy has always been interested in the challenges of understanding and embracing the skills needed to function effectively across national boundaries.
Awarded the OBE in 2002 for services to British Trade, he was formerly a Vice Chairman of Cubitt Consulting and a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Said Business School, Oxford University. He is a Board member of British American Business and Chairman of the Asia Scotland Trust.
He is a member of the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers). He holds an MA degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University.
Alan is Co-Head of Research and a member of the Investment and Executive Management Committees at Walter Scott.
Prior to joining the firm in 2012, he worked at ManoCap, a private equity firm based in Sierra Leone, and as a lawyer at Slaughter and May.
Before university, Alan undertook an extended internship at Walter Scott. He holds a BA (Hons) in Law from the University of Oxford. Alan is a CFA charterholder.
Andrew Milligan was Head of Global Strategy responsible for investment market advice and analysis at the fund manager Aberdeen Standard Investments from 2000 to 2020.
He has several decades of experience of working in the public and private sectors, banking, stock broking and asset management, for a range of global companies. In addition to supporting the Asia Scotland Institute, Andrew assists a range of local charities and universities as well as public speaking and writing on economic and financial matters.
Douglas is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in private practice.
He is the principal and founder of DBFM, an independent firm of chartered accountants specialising in strategic planning and business advisory services. He is also an accredited Mindshop Facilitator – a strategic planning consultancy process developed in Australia.
He was formerly a partner at Chiene + Tait in Edinburgh, before leaving to set up DBFM.
Lord Charles Bruce DL
Lord Charles Bruce is active in the not-for-profit sector in conservation, the fine arts, and multiculturalism. He manages a family estate in Fife as a sustainable rural business centred on Broomhall House, a leading travel destination and events venue. He chairs the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust. He is president of the Democracy Forum, which hosts regular seminars in London on human rights and political authority in several Asian countries. He is patron of the Japan Society of Scotland. He has also hosted events at Broomhall on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Consulate.
Educated at the universities of St Andrews and Dundee, he studied Economic History and Sustainable Urban Design. He is on the advisory council of the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) – based in Osaka – and has lectured widely on the history of Scottish relations with Japan. He is deputy chair of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies. He contributes to Gitanjali and Beyond, a journal published in Scotland and India focussing on the global legacy of Rabindranath Tagore, India’s first writer to win the Nobel Prize.
Dr. Poonam Gupta OBE
Poonam Gupta OBE is a leading UK entrepreneur and CEO of one of Scotland’s most successful export businesses, PG Paper.
Poonam has a career-long interest in strengthening and enabling greater collaboration between Scotland and India; Poonam led a successful Scottish Chambers Task Force to India in 2019. She has been recognised as one of the ‘100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations’ by India Inc Group.
Her entrepreneurial and business efforts have also been acknowledged by her peer group and industry at large; for which she has received several business awards; most recently Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2019. In recognition for her service to charity and business, she has been awarded the OBE in 2016.